Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce wants to start December with a bang when his side travel to Leeds on Friday.
After a slow opening to the season, the Villains have picked up the pace with eight wins from their last 11 games to climb to fourth in the Championship table.
A trip to Elland Road in the second tier is a reminder of how far both teams have fallen and Bruce knows this will be a crucial period in their hopes of a Premier League return.
Steve Bruce is keen for his Aston Villa players to start the busy festive period in style
The Villa boss said on avfc.co.uk: ‘It’s fair to say it’s the biggest month of the season – absolutely with the games we’ve got coming up.
‘I’ve said it before, we’re barking mad in this country. But it is what it is. The rest of Europe will be having a break and we’ve got six games in a very short period of time.
‘There’s no more difficult start to December than Leeds United away, either. It’s a big crowd, a big atmosphere and live on the TV. It’s all to play for.’
Villa will be without midfielder Mile Jedinak, who damaged a shoulder in last weekend’s victory over Ipswich.
Bruce is hoping the injury will heal without surgery…